Panel questions e-procurement’s effects on small businesses

from govexec.com

Several emerging acquisition techniques, touted by the Bush administration for their ability to procure goods and services more strategically and efficiently, frequently leave out small businesses, a key congressional Democrat suggested on Thursday.

At a House Small Business Committee hearing, Chairwoman Rep. Nydia Velázquez of New York said automated procurement systems, contract bundling and online auctions have created an uneven playing field, and large contractors now are able to dominate the marketplace.

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